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Couple jailed for swinging

A Cairo court has sentenced a man to seven years and his wife to three years in prison for setting up a swingers’ club, the press reported on Sunday, in a case that has angered conservative Egyptian society. Tolba Abdel … read more

Egypt village mob torches Bahai homes

Egyptian villagers have set fire to Bahai homes after a member of the religion said on television the village was “full of Bahais,” the latest incident to reflect religious tensions in the country. Furious villagers rampaged through Sharoniyah, near Sohag … read more

Egypt skips key Arab summit on unity

Egypt’s president will skip a key Arab summit this week, the country’s foreign minister announced Saturday, in a move highlighting divisions within the group. President Hosni Mubarak will not attend the Arab summit in Qatar on Monday, although Egypt will … read more

Egypt releases detained blogger

Egyptian authorities have released a 22-year-old Egyptian blogger and activist after nearly seven weeks in detention, an Egyptian human rights group said on Saturday. Police detained Diaa Eddin Gad on February 6 outside his home in the Nile Delta province … read more

Egypt confirms yet another human bird flu case

The Egyptian ministry of health Thursday confirmed that an Egyptian girl has contracted the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza. According to a spokesman for the ministry, the girl is the 60th case of the virus infecting the human population. … read more

Pyramids to go dark for “Earth Hour”

The Pyramids and the Sphinx, normally bathed in the golden glow of high-powered floodlights, will go dark for an hour on Saturday, in a symbolic statement Egyptian environmentalists hope might indirectly save the Nile Delta from inundation. The World Bank … read more

Egypt and Israel ponder 30-year peace

In Cairo, the 30th anniversary of the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt is seen by many as a moment for regret, not celebration. “It’s a celebration for Israel – not for Egypt, not for the Arabs, … read more

Gov tries to hang up on killer SMS rumours

The Egyptian government has sought to dispel rumours that a mobile phone text message “from unknown foreign quarters” is spreading around the country and killing those who receive it. The extraordinary move by Egypt’s health and interior ministries follows press … read more

Sudan’s Beshir flouts war crimes warrant in Egypt

Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir arrived in Cairo on Wednesday, flaunting his freedom in defiance of an international arrest warrant for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. Beshir was met at the airport by Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak, … read more